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Political Institutions and Policy Choices: Evidence from the United States

  • Timothy Besley
  • Anne Case

A rich array of institutional diversity makes the United States an excellent place to study the relationship between political institutions and public policy outcomes. This essay has three main aims. It reviews empirical evidence on the relationship between institutional rules, political representation and policy outcomes; it aims to place the literature into a broader context of theoretical and empirical work in political economy. Second, it develops a parallel empirical analysis that updates studies in the literature and reexamines some of the claims, in a setting unified in terms of policy outcomes and period under study. Third, it develops new directions for research, presenting some novel exploratory results.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 7-73

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